Hospital makes announcement on long-term future

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:37 04 June 2014

Weston General Hospital.

Weston General Hospital.

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A PRIVATE partner for Weston General Hospital is no longer being considered.

Nick Wood, Weston Area Health NHS Trust’s chief executive, has told staff this morning (Wed) another NHS trust will help run it in the future.

Law requires WAHT to find a partner for it to remain open and it has just been announced that it will link up with another hospital, rather than a private company.

Online petitions and campaigns were set up in an attempt to stop a private partner being involved in the hospital’s management, when the process began in November 2012.

Mr Wood said: “Weston is the smallest acute trust in the country.

“Work conducted with NHS North Somerset over the past five years clearly demonstrates that the trust cannot satisfy the requirements to become a foundation trust or find an option that is financially and clinically sustainable as a stand-alone organisation.

“Our belief, shared by local commissioners and the NHS Trust Development Authority, is that a ‘NHS Only’ policy will keep our improved performance trajectory on track and maintain high levels of clinical and patient care.

“Looking to the long-term future it’s also the best option to provide sustainable services for the local population and our staff who care for them.”

The partnering trust will be named later in the year.

* For a full report analysing what it will mean to patients, staff and services, including an exclusive interview with Mr Wood, see the Mercury tomorrow (Thurs).

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